Planetary portrait captures new changes in Jupiter's Great Red Spot

October 14, 2015 4:30 AM

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Planetary portrait captures new changes in Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have produced new maps of Jupiter - the first in a series of annual portraits of the solar system's outer planets. Collecting these yearly images - essentially the planetary version of annual school picture days for children - will help current and future scientists see how these giant worlds change over time. The observations are designed to capture a broad range of features, including winds, clouds, storms and atmospheric chemistry.

Already, the Jupiter images have revealed a rare wave just north of the planet's equator and a unique filamentary feature in the core of the Great Red Spot not seen previously.

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